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Used KLX 250 at Dealer - how much should I pay?

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Points taken XDrag Racer. Alright, I'm going to try again.

I would not pay $4000 for an 06 KLX 250 with 750 miles on it. I would tell that dealer "who dosen't sell Kawasakis" that there is currently a new 06 KLX 250, with a full warranty, on E-Bay, for $4399, and that there has been a string of 06 KLX 250s on E-Bay all summer long. Finding an 06 KLX 250 is not a problem for a patient man. I like the convience of avoiding the shipping hassel, but the unknown history of this bike, and the lack of a warranty means that it is only worth $3000 to me. The dealer will protest mightly; at which point I would offer my phone number and leave. There is probably only a 30% chance that he will call, but that's not a problem because there really has been a string of KLX 250s on e-bay all summer long.

Remember the tricked out KLX 250 ? I found my notes on it. Race Tech Gold valves $160, Mikuni carb $400, Pro Circuit T-4 pipe $375, hand guards $60, skid plate $70, Kenda tires $70 each, radiator braces $70. $1255 in extras, and his starting bid was $3800, and he did not get a single bid ! I watched similar things happen when I was selling my Harley last fall. I bet that the KLX 250 on e-bay right now will not get a single bid. Times are scary and tough. It's a buyer's market for houses, and motorcycles. "The stock of unsold homes reached its highest level since 1993." The Aug 26th THE ECONOMIST

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There are now two brand new 06 KLX 250s on e-bay. The new listing has a Buy It Now price of $3800 !!!!!

Yesterday I called a dealer in Illinois about a 2000 KTM LC4 with 35 miles on it for $5600.

It was sold, but they do have a new 06 KLX 250. I left the Auto & RV buyers guide at the firehouse, but I will get it later today and post their phone number.

$3000 might seem like too low of an offer on the used KLX 250 with 700 miles and no warranty, but I think that a buyer needs to start low in order to have room to negotiate. A buyer also needs to be willing to walk away from a deal. There is no law that states a deal has to be completed in one visit. You plant the seed of a low offer and then wait to see what grows.

The above would be condesending advice if it was unsolicited; but the guy who started this thread asked directly for advice on price, and then gave the impression that he was having trouble with the negotiation.

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The 2007 KLX 250 S model is all brand new, It is a dualsport bike not a dirt bike, though it will perform better than the KLR 250 it replaced. you will not find any Used 2007s on a dealers lot unless the poor kid just could not afford it as soon as he got home with it. The KLX 250 S was not made before 2007 that which you are referring to is a totally different model and a far more aggressive bike. you'll find many KLX 250 , 300 and many more variations available used they are not the same bike.

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